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Canfor to shut sawmill in Prince George, B.C., reduce production at nearby pulp mills

CBC News
May 21, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be harming an already unstable industry — B.C. forestry. Canfor announced Wednesday it is closing the Isle Pierre sawmill near Prince George, B.C., and introducing curtailments at Prince George Pulp and Paper and Intercontinental Pulp. According to the company, the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic is to blame. It also cites economic instability due to the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason for the closure. Approximately 94 people are employed at the Isle Pierre mill, and the company had previously cut operations down to one shift. …The closure is expected to take place mid-August. B.C. Forestry Minister Doug Donaldson says he will be in touch with the union representing those mills to find out how the government can support the workers affected by the closure and curtailments. 

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